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The Verdict

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

'80s legal drama has alcoholism, smoking, and language.

Movie R 1982 129 minutes
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Dated by the slew of movies and TV series that have followed, this 1982 courtroom drama, while solid enough, suffers from not delving enough into its main character. In The Verdict, Newman brings enough gravitas to the role of Galvin. But his fall from grace as a once-promising attorney is never fully explored, nor are there enough twists and turns to keep us fully engaged.

Thankfully, the movie picks up during its final act, as Galvin is pitched into the thick of a courtroom battle. Director Sidney Lumet slickly delivers this David Mamet script, but The Verdict still feels like a forced effort from all concerned. Newman has legendary form when it comes to playing antiheroes (Cool Hand Luke, Hud, and The Hustler, to name but three). It would have been interesting to see what he could've done with a bolder version of this story.

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